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  • Am I the only one here that doesn't cook?

    I'm new here and I get the impression that the general position of the members of this forum is that grok="must cook own food".

    I'm not looking to start a long thread about how I should be cooking, I'm just curious if there is anyone on this forum that is brave enough to admit that they don't cook. Microwaving is OK.

    So, is there anyone on this forum that does not cook?

  • #2
    Not always. Then I settle for a salad and premade hard boiled eggs from the store. I tend to use the microwave at work to reheat leftovers.

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    • #3
      I heat stuff in the microwave and boil stuff mainly. When I do cook I find it kind of gross getting grease and oil over my plates and utensils.

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      • #4
        Depends on what you mean by "cooking". Sometimes, I open my fridge and compose a plate of cold stuff:
        - olives
        - slices of gouda
        - pieces of smoked salmon or lamb
        - some left-over salad
        - a few pieces of tomatoes or cucumbers
        - add a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper

        I don't know, it does not feel like I am cooking when I do this. Preparing hard boiled eggs ... is that cooking ?

        But microwave (MW) ? NEVER. What would I microwave ? left-overs that need heating ? Then a sauce-pan and slow heating would do, or in the oven maybe. Why MW really ?

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        • #5
          Since going primal I don't cook half as often as I used to. I just buy bif lumps of cheap cuts of meat, slow cook them and eat them during the week. Or just do a batch of bolognese/chili for the week too, cook a kilo of chicken wings or a whole chicken...I used to be in the kitchen for 45 mins every night, now it's 20mins at most. On the weekend I'll put a bit more effort in. Sometimes.

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          • #6
            If one lived in the United States and didn't cook, what would they eat?!?

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            • #7
              What do you mean cook? Whipping together a complicated dish or just slicing and dicing vegetables and quickly steaming them with some seasoning? I don't do anything fancy...
              F 28/5'4/100 lbs

              "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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              • #8
                Frying chicken drumsticks now - doing a few to last a few lunches/dinners. Cut up some veg for salad add good oil/vinegar and cooking is done ( not complicated).

                Do often do you eat cooked food?
                If rarely - doesn't it get boring?
                If yes - who cooks it?

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                • #9
                  Cooking is fun!

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                  • #10
                    Yes.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KimchiNinja View Post
                      If one lived in the United States and didn't cook, what would they eat?!?
                      Hence the post. I'm in China so doesn't exactly apply to me.

                      Originally posted by Damiana View Post
                      What do you mean cook? Whipping together a complicated dish or just slicing and dicing vegetables and quickly steaming them with some seasoning? I don't do anything fancy...
                      Fair question. Pretty much anything more than picking up an item and putting it into my mouth is starting to enter the territory of cooking. If fire or intense heat, as opposed to microwave, is involved then that is definitely cooking.

                      Originally posted by EatMoveSleep View Post
                      Frying chicken drumsticks now - doing a few to last a few lunches/dinners. Cut up some veg for salad add good oil/vinegar and cooking is done ( not complicated).

                      Do often do you eat cooked food?
                      If rarely - doesn't it get boring?
                      If yes - who cooks it?
                      When was the last time you changed the oil in your car or did other automotive repair? How about make your own shoes? Go collect water from a local stream or lake?

                      I pay people to provide services to me and food is simply another service. My time is better spent on other tasks that I have a comparative advantage.

                      Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                      Yes.
                      OK, please elaborate.

                      Originally posted by dkJames View Post
                      Depends on what you mean by "cooking". Sometimes, I open my fridge and compose a plate of cold stuff:
                      - olives
                      - slices of gouda
                      - pieces of smoked salmon or lamb
                      - some left-over salad
                      - a few pieces of tomatoes or cucumbers
                      - add a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper

                      I don't know, it does not feel like I am cooking when I do this. Preparing hard boiled eggs ... is that cooking ?

                      But microwave (MW) ? NEVER. What would I microwave ? left-overs that need heating ? Then a sauce-pan and slow heating would do, or in the oven maybe. Why MW really ?
                      Thanks for the ideas. Most of those aren't cooking as they can pretty much be picked up and place in the mouth for consumption.

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                      • #12
                        Sorry- I just couldn't help it!

                        Seems like the longer people are primal, the more interested they become in cooking, and interacting with their food in a fun way in general. I know there are exceptions, but once we get into real food, it seems we all become foodies!
                        Last edited by Sabine; 05-07-2013, 08:37 AM. Reason: totally incomprehensible sentence!

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                        • #13
                          I would think that, living in China, one would want to cook. Here in the states, we read stories of poison, rat meat and cleaning chemicals - all being sold to unsuspecting people in China who'd rather pay someone to cook for them. I do cook. I enjoy it and the more I know of food, the more I like having the control to omit the unnecessary ingredients others add.

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                          • #14
                            For those of you who don't cook and get their food mostly pre-prepared or at restaurants or whatever, how are you reducing the omnipresent seed oils that everything seems to be cooked in at restaurants?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sthubbar View Post
                              Hence the post. I'm in China so doesn't exactly apply to me.

                              I pay people to provide services to me and food is simply another service. My time is better spent on other tasks that I have a comparative advantage.
                              So all you need is a part-time personal cook to cook to your specifications, to shop and keep the refrigerator stocked with ready to eat foods. That works, but it's hardly something most of us would have the opportunity to consider.

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